Yunohira Onsen "Kin no yu" / "Gin no yu"

Yunohira Onsen "Kin no yu" / "Gin no yu"

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 With  Yuji Kaneko , in Kaneko Store

With Yuji Kaneko, in Kaneko Store

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

We visited Yunohira Onsen “Kin-noyu” in Yufuincho Yunohira, Yufu, Oita. It is one of the five public bathhouses in Yunohira Onsen, which is situated at the top of the stone-paved path.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

There is a box at the reception. Put the entrance fee into the box to get in the bath.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

The dressing room is simple. Although it’s not new, the room is well maintained and clean.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

The bathtub is made with a cement and filled with subtle cloudy hot spring water. This is the oldest public bathhouse in Yunohira Onsen, and is nicely aged. According to a historical record, this hot spring existed in the Heian period, and was opened by the regional lord Fujiwara no Hidekatsu for the normal citizens.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

The water type is chloride spring and the water is said to be good for stomach flu. In the past, it is said that gold treats stomach flu, hence this hot spring was named as “Kin no yu” (Gold hot spring). Actually, some people dug the ground around the hot spring source to seek for gold.

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Yutaka is 73 years old and comes to Kin no yu every day. He was born and has been living in Yunohira.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

You can go down the stone-paved path to get to another public bathhouse called Gin no yu.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

The water type of Gin no yu is simple thermal spring. In the past, bathers said that the deposited white minerals swaying in the bath are looked like silver shining in the water, hence this hot spring was named as “Gin no yu.” (Silver hot spring)

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

A local man recommended us to go to Kaneko Store to know the history of Yunohira Onsen. So, we moved to the store.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

He is Yuji who is the current and third owner of the history of Kaneko Store. He is really knowledgeable about Yunohira Onsen because his father made a chronicle of this town. He actually taught us a lot of information about this hot spring even though we suddenly visited him without an appointment.

Yunohira Onsen "Kin-no-yu" / "Gin-no-yu"

Finally, there is another must-do activity in Yunohira Onsen. If you visit this small town, you should take a walk in the stone-paved path which was established in the Edo period. In the night, the path is lighted up with Japanese lanterns called Chōchin and is filled with the nostalgic atmosphere. Walking this path with Yukata may be an unforgettable experience.

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INFORMATION

Name: Kin no yu / Gin no yu

Address: Yufuincho Yunohira, Yufu, Oita

Tel: 0977-86-2367 (Tourism office)

Access (Car): 51 min from the centre of Oita City. 57 min from the Oita airport

Parking Lot: None (Use a free parking area in Yunohira)

Opening Hours: 
Apr to Nov: 06:00 - 22:00
Dec to Mar: 06:00 - 21:30

Price: JPY 200

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